Friday's News & Ideas - 7/27/2018

  • Francis & abuse scandal
  • Christianity/nationalism fusion
  • Netflix show & LGBTQ Christians
  • Why teen denied communion?
  • Pastor, take a vacation
  • M.D.s & moral injury

Pope Francis has utterly failed to tackle the church's abuse scandal
The (London) Guardian: The pontiff's efforts to deal with the crisis have stalled. He must act decisively or many more Catholics will lose their faith, says Catherine Pepinster.
Commonweal: Change the clerical culture

How Christian nationalism begets political conservatism
Pacific Standard: New research finds that support for authoritarian impulses and harsh, punitive punishments isn't rooted in Christianity or nationalism per se, but rather by the fusion of the two identities.

Queer Eye for the Christian mother
Sightings: Netflix series episode offers a remarkably thoughtful exploration of the experiences of LGBTQ Christians.

Was she denied Communion because she'd been chewing gum -- or because she's transgender?
The Charlotte Observer: Teen's mom and the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte disagree on why 15-year-old Maxine Arbelo was turned away by a Eucharistic minister at the parish's Spanish-language Mass.

Pastor, take a vacation -- for the good of your church
Christianity Today: You are not the linchpin holding your congregation together.

The Spark

Physicians aren't 'burning out.' They're suffering from moral injury
Physicians on the front lines of health care today are sometimes described as going to battle. It's an apt metaphor, STAT reports. Physicians, like combat soldiers, often face a profound and unrecognized threat to their well-being: moral injury.

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